Upside down ~ does it really matter. Weird, but fall is a season that I feel in Arizona. Spring is easy to spot because of the wildflowers, but too quickly it heats up and gets lost in summer. Winter, ha, ours is the best. But fall represents change, and change is difficult. In January, Diane and I made a mutual commitment to help each other stay on track, continuing to work on our goals throughout the year. We did fabulous until spring arrived, and then it was the summer; total disaster. I've been obsessed with canvas art for the Briar Patch, she traveled on and off. Donna Downey's IW2016 was one of the first things to go for both of us.
I've got a canvas in the works, but yesterday I just wasn't into it. Instead, I pulled out my IW2016 art journal, fired up the next video and vowed to get at least that one done before the day ended. You wouldn't know this, but my pages look nothing like the original which is a study in black and white. Steeped in the process, I realized the greatest problem I was having with IW2016 was this week where I was ambivalent to the art. I didn't like it.
I didn't want to omit the page from the group, but I wasn't having any "graphite powder" floating around my room . I didn't have the leaf stencil and I didn't want it. I could change my mind about this. Didn't have the absorbent ground. In the scheme of yesterday that means nothing. It just meant searching for alternatives~something Diane and I are committed to, using up our stash. I used gesso, charcoal stick and then turned to paint. I tainted the black and white with a little Golden green-gold acrylic. The red is Finnabair's Royal Red.
I kinda like it. Just getting it done is a signal to move on. I'm writing about this because in art, as in life we tend to hang up on the small stuff; can't accept,won't do those things that are just a part of the process. You don't have to like it, but you need to do it. The "doing" is just a hurdle that propels you to the finish line. Commitment!